There’s a fairly obvious reason why most of the men that make dressing for summer months look easy (Dickie Greenleaf, Jay Gatsby, even James Bond) are fictional: it’s a notoriously difficult skill to master.
Without the right layers to pile on or peel off at a moment’s notice as temperatures soar and then quickly dip again, the next few months are nothing short of a sartorial minefield.
Helpfully, to make acquiring the necessary kit slightly easier (and more affordable), Ted Baker has collated the season’s must-have pieces into its latest sale. For a limited time only, you can get up to 50% off everything from essential T-shirts to summer wedding suits. Here’s what we’re adding to our basket.
Navigating the tricky (and, at times, sticky) summer months in style requires a smart selection of menswear staples to call upon.
When it comes to the art of layering, Ted Baker’s Millar crew-neck jumper is the brightest brush stroke. Made from a lightweight, breathable wool-blend in a zesty green shade, it’s perfect for throwing over a T-shirt on cooler evenings.
Was £89. Now £53. Click to buy.
The onset of summer brings with it a high likelihood of hopping across borders in search of sun, sea and something cold to drink.
A well-groomed on the go man is nothing without a wash bag to keep the essentials in check. Ted Baker’s standout example features a flamboyant flamingo print but is a no-less-functional way of ensuring suitcase spillages are kept to a minimum.
Was £55. Now £38. Click to buy.
Summer weddings are great. Summer weddings with a free bar are even better. But in both instances, looking smart can quickly turn into looking sweaty without the right tools.
Fortunately, the Melvis jacket is cut from a material called Tencel, which is more absorbent than cotton and cooler than linen, while the deconstructed shape offers a relaxed approach to tailoring.
Was £279. Now £167. Click to buy.
For the risk-averse man, a pair of light-blue trousers is a lot safer than pulling a pair of white slacks over your thighs.
As well as dodging the airline pilot comparisons, the cotton Clasmor chinos will pair nicely with most of this summer’s staples, from dark florals to plain white tees.
Was £99. Now £59. Click to buy.
Summer style rule #734: do not use your smelly gym bag as your holiday holdall. Cut a more refined figure at the check-in desk with dedicated luggage instead.
The Hamahed bag’s two-tone design lends a subtle sartorial flair without sacrificing practicality: as well as generous space for your capsule wardrobe, there are two external pockets and the option of a shoulder strap. Just in case you have to leg it through departures.
Was £129. Now £90. Click to buy.
While it’s nice to pretend your legs need nothing more than tailored shorts for the next few months, chances are at some point the weather will have you scrambling through clothes from autumn.
Save the hassle and opt instead for some fair-weather-friendly blue jeans. Cut in a straight leg for a flattering fit, Ted Baker’s Obtest pair will sit just as perfectly with a white tee as they will a fine-gauge knit.
Was £95. Now £66. Click to buy.
If chosen wisely, there’ll be no harder working item in your rotation than a well-fitting polo shirt.
The classic off-duty staple transcends trends and Ted’s Zobelle example, with its signature Herringbone pattern and super-soft cotton finish, will be a go-to season after season.
Was £65. Now £45. Click to buy.
Call it the La La Land effect, but we all want to look like The Gos in a pair of old-school brogues this summer.
Crafted from supple leather with a smartly polished shine, this pair will add some razzle dazzle to any smart-casual look thanks to a contrast sole and classic wingtip detailing. No dance lessons needed.
Was £150. Now £105. Click to buy.
Jewellery is usually a no-fly zone for most guys. However, Ted Baker’s Banat hook bracelet manages to chart a stylish route between wearability and statement.
The resulting leather accessory features no bling, no feminine touches and no risk of a tell-tale green stain – just a simple piece to co-pilot every look from now until autumn and beyond.
Was £39. Now £27. Click to buy.
The fickle British weather shouldn’t mean having to play it safe with plain monochrome pieces.
The Loyaal cotton shirt packs a real Hawaiian punch up-top, but is anchored by a wearable shade, so there’s no chance of looking like you’ve jumped the gun.
Was £79. Now £55. Click to buy.
Shop the full up to 50% off sale now in store and online at tedbaker.com.
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